Program Overview

Civic Council

A distinct feature of the Master of Arts in Applied International Studies is the Civic Council, which is made up of corporate, nongovernmental, political and security sector figures from companies and organizations actively influencing global policy and decision-making.

Civic Council members bring their expertise and diverse perspectives to the MAAIS program through special lectures, field visits, simulations, and group projects. MAAIS students meet regularly with Civic Council members to engage in conversations around international affairs, learn more about the work of our partner companies and organizations, and explore future employment opportunities. These activities offer significant networking opportunities and help MAAIS students stay relevant and current. The MAAIS program is also supported by the Jackson School Advisory Board.


  • Collin Barry

    Director, Expedia Security and Threat Research Group

    “Collin Barry is a strategic security leader who has held positions in the US Intelligence Community and private industry. At present, Collin leads Expedia’s Security and Threat Research Group – a multidisciplinary team focused on harnessing intelligence analysis, security analytics, threat hunting, and red team operations that enable an accelerated and more complete organizational response to cyber threats. Prior to joining Expedia, Collin was a senior leader in Booz Allen Hamilton’s International Account Group, where he was responsible for building next-generation capabilities and client service offerings in cyber threat intelligence programs, cyber fusion center designs, and business risk operations.”

  • James Bernard

    James Bernard

    Director of Corporate Sustainability Services, Resonance

    James Bernard is Director of Corporate Sustainability Services at Resonance, an award-winning consultancy focused on partnerships in international development, impact investment and frontier market expansion. An internationally recognized expert on multi-stakeholder partnerships, Bernard is responsible for building out a West Coast office for Resonance focused on establishing stronger links between technology for international development. Prior to joining Resonance, Bernard was Senior Director of Global Strategic Partnerships for the Education group at Microsoft, where he led a team that was responsible for building partnerships with publishers, education technology companies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and international organizations such as the UN and World Bank. Between 2006 and 2008 Bernard served as Vice President of Marketing and Communications for World Learning, an international NGO focused on educational exchange and international development. Bernard also held a number of positions at Microsoft between 1999 and 2006, working on consumer technology products and digital access programs to bring technology to emerging markets. Bernard is a frequent speaker on issues related to public-private partnerships in education and international development. He serves on the board of directors of Pact, a global NGO working on health, livelihood and environmental projects in 35 countries.

  • Eric Billies

    Principal, Booz Allen Hamilton

    Eric Billies has built an effective and growth-oriented career with his thoughtful leadership, relevant experience, and program management capabilities, including 20 years of combined Navy Active Duty/Reserve and over 16 years at Booz Allen. He currently leads Booz Allen’s business across the Pacific Northwest managing multiple government and non-government clients. Billies has significant experience and expertise in the areas of digital solutions, IT strategy, unmanned/autonomous systems, defense policy, and program management.

    After joining Booz Allen, Billies served in several roles supporting numerous clients affiliated with the Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command in San Diego, CA.  He currently manages an IT and cyber security services contract with the Navy’s largest two public shipyards providing critical 24×7 IT and cybersecurity support.  Billies is also shaping strategy for the Navy’s unmanned undersea vehicle deployment/operations as well as driving immersive technologies (i.e., virtual reality/augmented reality) in support of mission operations and user training for several DoD clients.

    Billies’ other positions range from serving as the Secretary of the Navy’s Political-Military advisor to serving as Booz Allen’s Program Manager for a 200-person cross-country contractor team supporting a suite of multi-billion dollar networking radio development projects for the Defense Department.

  • Jennifer Butte-Dahl

    Jennifer Butte-Dahl

    Senior Director, The Tembo Group

    Jennifer Butte-Dahl is a Senior Director with The Tembo Group, a social impact consultancy based in NYC. Tembo was recently acquired by APCO Worldwide, a global advisory and advocacy communications consultancy. She is leading west coast business development and also working on strategy and planning around the integration of the two firms.

    Butte-Dahl has lived and worked on five continents and engaged on critical global challenges from vantage points across the international affairs spectrum, through business, government, philanthropy, social enterprise and the nonprofit sector. She set up a nonprofit focused on entrepreneurship in post-apartheid South Africa, opened a sales support office for a large multinational in the United Arab Emirates and built alliances for a social enterprise committed to providing renewable energy to communities across the globe that lacked electricity. While working for the U.S. government, most recently as a senior adviser to the U.S. Deputy Secretary of State and other high-level presidential envoys, Butte-Dahl was responsible for furthering the State Department’s legislative agenda on Capitol Hill, defining and advocating for U.S. government budget and policy priorities and managing complex diplomatic and development challenges facing the United States. She also is the founder of the Master of Arts in Applied International Studies program and an affiliate faculty member at the Jackson School of International Studies.

  • Kristen Dailey

    Kristen Dailey

    Executive Director, Global Washington

    Kristen Dailey is the Executive Director of Global Washington, a network of over 160 non-profit, for-profit, academic institutions, and philanthropists in Washington state innovating to improve lives around the world. Dailey has over 19 years of experience in international development including advocacy, issue campaigns, microcredit, and building partnerships among NGOs, businesses, and government. Prior to Global Washington, she was the COO and Senior VP at the Initiative for Global Development and has held positions at Global Partnerships, the United Nations Foundation, and organizations working with low-income refugee and immigrant families in South Seattle. Kristen has an MPA from the Evans School of Public Affairs at UW and is committed to finding effective, sustainable solutions to global poverty.

  • Nirav Desai

    Nirav Desai

    Senior Partner, Moonbeam

    Nirav Desai is a Senior Partner at Moonbeam, a startup focused on rapid prototyping of solutions that address barriers to spatial and immersive computing technology adoption. Previously he served as chief technologist for the Seattle office of consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, where he led the company’s software development practice and technology business in the Pacific Northwest. He has more than 15 years of consulting experience in strategic decision support and information technology strategy and has supported a diverse array of clients, including international nongovernment organizations, Fortune 500 companies and various governments. Desai has also led efforts across the firm’s Pacific Rim offices that focus on commercializing government-incubated technologies in the digital, analytics and cyber-security spaces. He has served in an executive capacity for the Subcontinental Institute and WordSoundAction, two nonprofit organizations with an international focus.

  • Radha Friedman

    Founder, Radha Friedman Global Philanthropy

    Radha Friedman is a gender equality champion who has spent 20 years working to address issues of access and equity. As a philanthropic advisor, she encourages greater investment in women and girls globally as the single most powerful strategy to reach the SDGs.

    Radha’s work has helped a start-up microfinance organization grow to rank as the #1 MFI in the world, and helped organizations earn global awards for their work including the Hilton Humanitarian Prize and Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship.

    Before founding her philanthropy advising firm, Radha served as a consultant to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s gender equality team, where she helped the foundation use their voice to advance women’s economic empowerment. Before this, Radha led grantmaking at the World Justice Project, where she encouraged investments in under-represented voices on issues of justice and the rule of law and oversaw a portfolio of nearly 100 grants in 60+ countries. Prior to this, Radha was a co-founder of Landesa’s Center for Women’s Land Rightswhere she helped raise the issue of women’s property rights and helped secure investments that tripled the size of the organization.

    Radha’s work is grounded by an MA in International Development Studies/ MS in Public Service Administration, a BA in South Asian Studies, and a post-grad certificate in Cross-Sector Partnerships from the University of Cambridge.Radha also serves on the board of She Matters, supporting women refugees entering Europe, 360ImpactData, a platform to help close the gender data gap, and Rangzen, supporting human rights in Tibet. Radha was named a Next-Gen Fellow by the American Express Foundation, a United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Emerging Leader, and a “Global Leader for Justice” by the Global Women’s Leadership Network.

  • Tim Hanstad

    CEO, Chandler Foundation

    Tim Hanstad leads the Chandler Foundation, a global philanthropic organization with over 20 years experience in granting, social entrepreneurship, and program management in diverse countries around the world, as CEO. He is an award-winning social entrepreneur and nonprofit executive who co-founded Landesa, the world’s leading land rights organization. He served as Landesa’s Executive Director and then CEO for more than two decades. Hanstad’s leadership was instrumental in growing Landesa from a two-person operation run out of the University of Washington School of Law to the world’s #1-rated human rights NGO with more than 150 staff around the world. In his previous role, Hanstad served as a global ambassador for the organization and helped guide conversations about how global efforts on extreme poverty, gender equality, food security, and environmental stewardship can benefit from incorporating a land rights lens.

    Hanstad is a Skoll Social Entrepreneur Awardee, a World Economic Forum Social Entrepreneur, a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Food Security, Global Washington board of directors, and an affiliate law faculty member at the University of Washington. He has authored numerous books and publications and his work has appeared widely in the media, including in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, Huffington Post, Stanford Social Innovation Review, and on CNN and Fox News. He earned a BA at Seattle Pacific University and an LLM and JD at the University of Washington. Tim is the proud spouse of Chitra and a father to four wonderful and inspiring children.

  • Adam Kohorn

    Adam Kohorn

    Director of Strategy Integration, Boeing

    Adam Kohorn is the director of strategy integration for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, where he leads a team that covers a wide range of strategic and business development activities. These efforts include analysis of global industry and competitive trends and the creation of market strategies to enhance Boeing’s position in both developing and mature markets worldwide. He has previously held leadership positions in engineering, production engineering, manufacturing operations and program management at Boeing, Honeywell and United Technologies, and has been heavily involved in the application of Lean methods to business design and operations. Kohorn received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University and a master’s in mechanical engineering and an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

  • Lieutenant General Stephen R. Lanza

    Lieutenant General Stephen R. Lanza

    Commanding General, Retired, I Corps, Joint Base Lewis-McChord

    Lieutenant General Stephen R. Lanza retired from the U.S. Army as the Commanding General of I Corps, a globally responsive and regionally aligned force that supports the Pacific region, and Senior Mission Commander for Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), Washington. During his most recent command, LTG Lanza spearheaded historic projects that ensured a Corps of more than 53,000 Soldiers remained globally responsive and regionally aligned. He focused the headquarters on supporting counterinsurgency and counterterrorism operations in Iraq and Afghanistan while simultaneously serving as a Combined Joint Task Force ready to conduct expeditionary operations in the Pacific Command Area of Responsibility. Under his leadership, I Corps deployed the headquarters to Australia, Japan, and Korea and incorporated American forces in Hawaii, Alaska, and Japan to implement the Department of Defense’s initiative to rebalance forces to the Pacific while concurrently ensuring the Corps was ready to respond to Forces Command global requirements. His command assignments include the 7th Infantry Division at JBLM; 5th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq; and the 1st Battalion, 5th Field Artillery, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas. His operational deployment experience includes Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Saudi Arabia; Operation Joint Guard, Bosnia-Herzegovina; Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq; and Operation New Dawn, Iraq. Lanza was commissioned into the field artillery in 1980 after graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He also holds master’s degrees from Central Michigan University and the National War College and has served as a National Security Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

  • Josh Lozman

    Josh Lozman

    Director of Program Advocacy & Communications, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

    Josh Lozman is director of Program Advocacy and Communications at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he provides leadership for the foundation’s advocacy in the areas of women’s and children’s health and gender equity, and leads the foundation’s strategy for co-chair Melinda Gates’ advocacy and communication. Prior to joining the foundation in 2012, he served in the Obama administration as chief of staff to the National Economic Council. He spent more than four years at the global advocacy organization ONE, where his roles included global policy director and chief of staff. Lozman has also worked at various development policy organizations including the Global Health Council and the Center for Global Development. He sits on the board of the Washington Global Health Alliance and the steering committee of the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program. Lozman holds a master’s degree in public health and an MBA from Johns Hopkins University.

  • Jacqueline Miller

    Jacqueline Miller

    Chief Executive Officer, World Affairs Council

    Jacqueline Miller joined the World Affairs Council as president and chief executive officer in 2014. Prior to joining WAC, she served as director of external relations at Independent Diplomat, an organization that works with marginalized democratic political actors to help them navigate the United Nations, European Union and other international diplomatic forums. Previously, Miller was a senior associate at the EastWest Institute in New York, where she ran the U.S. program, focusing on national security policy, U.S.-Russia and U.S.-China relations and nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation issues. She has also served as the deputy director of Washington, D.C., programs at the Council on Foreign Relations and as deputy director of the Russia and Eurasia program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Her honors include being named a Truman Security Fellow as well as receiving a Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship for Russia. Miller has undergraduate and graduate degrees from Cornell University.

  • Matt Morrison

    Matt Morrison

    Chief Executive Officer, Pacific NorthWest Economic Region

    Matt Morrison is chief executive officer of the Pacific NorthWest Economic Region, a public-private partnership established in 1991 to enhance the economy of the region while maintaining its natural environment. The organization’s 18 working groups include trade and economic development, border issues, agriculture, tourism, transportation, energy, environment, Arctic issues and sustainable development. Morrison has been a leader in promoting innovation in the Canada–U.S. border region and has been instrumental in several successful pilot programs of the Beyond the Border and Perimeter Security Action Plan. He also manages the Pacific Northwest Center for Regional Disaster Resilience and also spearheaded a project for the U.S. Coast Guard and Transport Canada that focused on protocols for rapidly responding to and recovering from disasters and emergencies on either side of the border. He has been instrumental in building economic resilience over the past decade by hosting a series of critical infrastructure interdependency exercises focusing on the regional economy.

  • Bindiya Patel

    Managing Director, Programs and Innovation Division, PATH

    Bindiya Patel oversees strategy, operations and integration for the Programs and Innovation division at PATH. She also leads the implementation of an innovative approach to equity in programming across the organization.

    Ms. Patel first joined PATH in 2004, and during her tenure has advocated for new HIV prevention options for women in the Global Campaign for Microbicides, managed US government funded projects on tuberculosis in Tanzania, served on PATH’s strategy team, and launched the PATH Center for Malaria Control and Elimination. In her most recent roles with PATH’s strategy team and Global Health Programs division, Ms. Patel designed and led organization-wide change initiatives to enable structured collaboration across countries and programs to strengthen PATH’s impact. 

    She has more than 19 years of experience managing projects and initiatives in the global health sector. Prior to PATH, she oversaw child health and nutrition programming in multiple South African townships and managed grants to local organizations in the UK. 

    Ms. Patel earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering from Cornell University and a master’s degree in public policy from Princeton University. She serves on the board of directors for the Washington Global Health Alliance and the Civic Council for the Master of Arts in Applied International Studies at the University of Washington Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. She is also proud to serve as faculty of the Global Leadership Forum.

  • Ted Schmitt

    Director, Conservation, Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2)

    Ted Schmitt is Director, Conservation at the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2) and Director of Skylight. Prior to AI2 Ted has spent over 13 years leading efforts to bring fit-for-purpose technology for good solutions to a range of terrestrial and marine Conservation issues at Vulcan Inc.and The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. He has worked extensively in Africa with field organizations applying technology to securing and managing protected areas. Prior to joining AI2, Ted was a Senior Program Officer for the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board at the United States National Academies of Science. He served as Business Development Director at several technology start-ups in Germany, Sweden, and the United States, leading the application of technology for impact on a range of issues. He started his career as a software engineer for IBM, earning patents and several technical achievement awards. Ted holds a Master of Arts in International Science and Technology Policy from George Washington University, a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, and a Bachelor of Arts in German from Purdue University. He is a past Chair of the volunteer Seattle City Technology and Telecommunications Advisory Board.

  • Nicky Smith

    Executive Director, International Rescue Committee

    Nicky Smith is the Executive Director of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Washington. IRC in Washington provides opportunities for refugees, asylees, victims of human trafficking, survivors of torture, and other immigrants to thrive in America. She has more than 25 years of progressively responsible professional experience with Non-Governmental Organizations in crisis affected countries; of which 12 years have been spent in a conflict and post conflict setting. Prior to her role as Executive Director at the IRC in Washington, Nicky was responsible for establishing and managing new country programs for the IRC. Her areas of expertise include emergency preparedness and response, country-program management, refugee policy and advocacy, and strategy and change planning.

    Nicky joined the IRC in 2003. From 2007 to 2010, she was a member of the IRC’s Washington, D.C. office, working to educate policy makers and the public about the importance of providing resources for humanitarian and development assistance in Africa and Asia, and promoting programs that prevent violence against women and girls. From 2003 to 2007, she worked in some of the organization’s most sensitive situations, including managing the IRC’s country program, Sudan, and serving as the IRC Country Director in Liberia during a key moment in the peace process. Before joining the IRC, Nicky worked for almost 10 years with Doctors Without Borders and Children’s Aid Direct in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Afghanistan, Somalia, Iraq, Pakistan and Nepal, amongst other countries.

  • Ted Van Dyk

    Ted Van Dyk

    Author and Former Government Official

    Ted Van Dyk is an author and former government official with a long history of involvement in public policy and international affairs. His career includes work as an intelligence analyst at the Pentagon; as director of the Washington, D.C., public affairs office of the European Communities (now the European Union); and as a policymaker in the Lyndon Johnson and Jimmy Carter administrations, where he coordinated U.S. foreign assistance programs. Van Dyk has also served as president of the Center for National Policy, as executive vice president of the Milken Institute, vice president of Columbia University and vice president of the Weyerhaeuser Company. He has also run his own independent consulting firm in Washington, D.C., counseling, among others, the governments of Japan, Pakistan, Greece, New Zealand and Tajikistan. After returning to Seattle in 2001 Van Dyk wrote a regular editorial column for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer until 2008, and has written regularly for Crosscut.com. He has also written frequent essays and columns over the years for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Fortune, Newsweek, The Atlantic and other national publications. His memoir, Heroes, Hacks and Fools, was published in 2007 by University of Washington Press. Van Dyk has served on the boards of the Roosevelt Institute, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Jean Monnet Council, and Washington News Council and is a member of the UW Department of Communication Hall of Fame and the Council on Foreign Relations national program committee. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and a master’s from Columbia University.

  • Alicia Vermaele

    Director of Global Social Impact, Starbucks

    Alicia serves as director of Global Social Impact at Starbucks Coffee Company and is the executive director of The Starbucks Foundation. Alicia oversees the strategy and giving programs for The Starbucks Foundation, focused on enabling thriving communities and uplifting those affected by disaster. Through this work, the Foundation supports both domestic and international initiatives that span from our local hometown of Seattle all the way through to coffee and tea-growing regions around the world. Additionally, Alicia leads the co-creation of early-stage social impact innovations that address key challenges faced by Starbucks employees and their communities at large, bridging deeper connections between the two to drive meaningful, long-term solutions.

  • Lauren Woodman

    CEO, DataKind

    Lauren is the CEO of DataKind, a nonprofit that works to harness the power of data science and AI in the service of humanity.  Prior to joining DataKind, she was CEO of NetHope, a consortium of the world’s largest humanitarian organizations.  Before joining the nonprofit sector, she spent 20 years in the tech sector, most notably leading Microsoft’s government and education programs worldwide.  A graduate of Smith College and Johns Hopkins, she lives in Seattle with her partner and children.